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VFW National Commander to Congress: ‘Congress Must End Sequestration!’

Today’s testimony caps the 2015 VFW Legislative Conference

WASHINGTON – The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. John W. Stroud led this morning’s testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees with the important topic of sequestration. “The VFW has continually warned Congress that sequestration will have devastating effects on veterans programs and DOD’s readiness and quality-of-life programs,” said Stroud. “There is no guarantee that VA will be exempt moving forward, and if not removed, DOD will be hit especially hard. Commanders will not have the resources necessary to train for and quickly respond to current and emerging threats. Left unchecked, DOD will have to reduce its quality-of-life programs, this is unacceptable! Furthermore, other agencies, like the Department of Labor, will be forced to reduce funding for the programs they provide directly to veterans. Congress must end sequestration!” See the national VFW website for more Wednesday, March 4, 2015 VFW National Commander to Congress: ‘Congress Must End Sequestration!’ Today’s testimony caps the 2015 VFW Legislative Conference

 VFW National Legislative Service

The location of our Washington, D.C. office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veterans’ issues.

Everything we do on Capitol Hill is with the VFW’s priority goals and veterans’ well-being in mind. With the strength of the nearly 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!

The VFW’s National Legislative Service advocates on veterans’ behalves. By testifying at congressional committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans’ legislation passed since the beginning of the 20th Century. The VFW’s most successful and important legislative push was to make college education affordable for military service members with the signing of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI Bill in 1984, and the new Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008


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